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COVID-19 Vaccination Information

The information on this page is designed to serve UC San Diego campus employees and students. UC San Diego Health employees should refer to the Pulse Intranet for targeted updates.

Vaccine Supply

It is important to note that UC San Diego does not control allocation of the vaccines. UC San Diego Health is provided a weekly allocation from the State and County. These allocations are based upon nationwide vaccine availability and CDC guidelines, which are managing short supply chains that may experience fluctuations.

Vaccination Eligibility

Under direction from the State of California, UC San Diego Health has begun vaccinating frontline essential employees, such as emergency response personnel, housing and dining workers and other essential employees who have been working on campus on a regular basis throughout the pandemic.

Vaccine is provided through an allocation from the state to University of California to be used for eligible UC San Diego Health patients and university employees. The allocation is managed by the California Department of Public Health, and is separate from vaccine supplied by the County of San Diego for other operations.

The RIMAC Vaccination Site currently serves patients and members of the public over 65 and employees of UC San Diego. The prioritization order is based on state guidelines and immunizing employees at greatest risk of exposure to COVID-19. These decisions have been led by a committee of our own physicians, public health experts, and campus faculty with input from Vice Chancellor areas.

Wait for an Invitation

Once you are determined to be eligible, vaccination appointments will be administered by invitation only through MyUCSDChart (campus employees) and MyStudentChart (students). Please do not call or walk-up to the vaccination site.

  1. Using your Active Directory (AD) login credentials, sign in to MyUCSDChart (campus employees) or MyStudentChart (students). Please ensure that your contact information is up-to-date and you have enabled notifications.
  2. Check your email regularly for an invitation to schedule a vaccine appointment through UC San Diego Health. You may also regularly login to your MyUCSDChart or MyStudentChart account to check for an invitation as well.*  If you have been invited, you will see a notification that states, “Make an appointment. We have sent you a new scheduling ticket.” 
  3. Once you receive an invitation in MyUCSDChart, click on “Make an appointment--we have sent you a new scheduling ticket.” If you don’t see this, wait a few days for it to appear.
  4. Choose the most convenient location, date and time for your appointment.
  5. Remember to bring your confirmation email (printed or on phone) to your appointment.

*If you are invited or receive a vaccination appointment sooner through San Diego County or your personal health care provider, we recommend you follow through with the most immediate opportunity as the University has a limited supply of vaccines.

RIMAC Vaccination Site

The RIMAC Vaccination Site currently serves patients and members of the public over 65 and employees of UC San Diego. Once you receive an invitation to schedule a vaccination appointment, you may schedule an appointment at the main campus vaccination site at RIMAC.

Recreation, Intramural and Athletic Complex (RIMAC)

  • Open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Parking: Hopkins Parking Structure at 9746 Hopkins Drive, La Jolla. Map and driving directions 
    • From the parking structure, take elevators or stairs to the 7th floor, cross the bridge, and follow signs to RIMAC. ADA parking is available at a different lot. Follow traffic signs or attendant instructions.
    • Public transportation: Several bus routes serve the UC San Diego campus, with free rides available from MTS.
  • This is not a drive through site. You must park and walk in for your vaccination appointment.
  • Serving: Primarily vaccination-eligible UC San Diego Health patients as well as UC San Diego employees and members of the public age 65+. UC San Diego students may be eligible for vaccination based on criteria related to campus employment.
  • Vaccinations are provided at no cost to employees, students and patients through UC San Diego Health.

About COVID-19 Vaccines

Two COVID-19 vaccines — from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna — are available for adults in the U.S. Both are given in two doses, approximately 21 days apart for the Pfizer vaccine and approximately 28 days apart for the Moderna vaccine. Both vaccines are about 95 percent effective at preventing symptomatic illness for COVID-19 within a few weeks of receiving both doses, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). For more details, see UC San Diego Health’s Vaccine FAQs.

 

Volunteer

Because of the outpouring of support and interest in volunteering, UC San Diego Health is not currently accepting applications to volunteer at vaccination sites while we process the applications already received. UC San Diego Health will reopen the volunteer portal if we need additional volunteer support. If you have already applied or been cleared to volunteer, you can log in to check on your application or schedule volunteer shifts.

After Your Vaccination

Before, during and after the process of full vaccination (2 weeks after receiving the second dose), employees will continue to follow all safety protocols, including masking and social distancing. Campus employees must continue to test weekly and complete the symptom screening daily. This should be done to ensure maximum protection for all, including those who have not yet been vaccinated.

A COVID-19 vaccine protects you from getting seriously ill from COVID-19. But researchers don't know yet whether it will prevent you from getting and spreading the coronavirus to others, or how long your immunity will last. Even after being vaccinated, please continue to follow public health guidelines to keep our friends, family and community safe. This includes:

  • Wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth;
  • Observing physical distancing (at least 6 feet);
  • Washing hands often and thoroughly;
  • Continuing to fill out the daily symptom screener and test weekly, if physically coming to campus;
  • And activating the state's CA Notify tool on your smartphone to learn about possible exposure.

For more information on what to expect after your vaccination and what precautions to continue, see the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s page on What to Expect.

Alternative Vaccination Options

Schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider, if offered

You may be contacted by your healthcare provider if you receive health care elsewhere other than UC San Diego Health. We encourage you to set up an appointment and get vaccinated through them if they can vaccinate you sooner.

Schedule an appointment with a County vaccination site

Anyone eligible for a vaccine may find it more convenient to schedule their vaccines elsewhere. We encourage you to get your vaccine wherever is the quickest and most convenient. 

  • San Diego County is partnering with numerous health care providers and organizations at locations across the region. To check for open appointments, go to San Diego County Vaccination Appointments.
  • Many pharmacy chains and supermarket pharmacies are participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccination. You can check for open appointments at their websites.